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Thrace

Thracia (GB)
Tracia (ES)
Thrace (F)
Trácia (PO)
Thracië (N)
Tracia (I)

In the oldest Greek linguistic usage (Thrace) this meant the entire Balkan peninsula without the Greek Peloponnese, later only the eastern part south of the Danube. Already the Greek poet Homer (8th century B.C.) praised the Thracian wines and Odysseus defeated the one-eyed cyclops Polyphemus. Today the area is divided between Bulgaria, Greece (8,500 km²) and Turkey (23,600 km²). The Greek region of Thráki lies in the north-east of the country, bordering Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the east. Here, as in the Greek region of Macedonia bordering to the west, mainly red wines from the Xinomavro grape variety are pressed, but there are no wines classified as POPs. The Bulgarian region of Thrace is also famous for the cultivation of roses. In addition to the rose oil, which is in demand worldwide, strong red wines are produced here. Long ago, wines flavoured with rose blossoms were very popular. A modern, traditional grape juice drink from the Turkish Thrace is Hardaliye.

Landkarte Griechenland
Map of Greece: From Pitichinaccio - own work, CC BY 3.0, Link
edited by Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer 2/2018

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